Seasons Change…

Seasons change. I have loved people that I’ve had to release, whether because of death, marriage, miles or just the expiration of a season. As life shifts, sometimes configurations change. You’ve heard it before, you have some relationships for a reason, some for a season and some for a lifetime. Not all endings are bad and bitter.
That said, I cherish the moments, use my words, write letters, send messages and give gifts. I know I mustn’t hold on and prolong anything beyond the season for which it is purposed. I must yield to His plan and respect His course. My endeavor is to make sure that when one reflects across the miles and memories, the sunsets and secrets, the gifts and gains, when a person remembers me and thinks of our time and season of doing life together, they remember honesty, safety, laughter and loyalty…and they simply remember being loved. ❤️❤️❤️ #kelsimarie

To The Open Heart on Valentine’s Day….

To the Open Heart This Valentine’s Day….
I was talking to one of my brothers in the Lord last night and he was sharing with me a recent revelation God gave to him about true Godly manhood and the masculinity revealed through responsibility. Divine masculinity that isn’t being taught and is missing in too many adult males around us. He shared that a man’s responsibility, even as a husband, isn’t contingent upon “feelings”. If Jesus was led and motivated by His “feelings”, He would never have drank from the cup. Conviction had to trump convenience and feelings. I appreciate these conversations we have because it becomes so OBVIOUS that the word of God is the skeletal framework of these revelations. I won’t share any more about his revelation about masculinity, as it is His to share. My spirit leaped because I understood, and in that realized that I was being understood.
You see, I made this vow to God a long time ago that I would give Him my life and really LIVE ON PURPOSE and by His design. It was then that I knew with certainty that I wouldn’t exist to pay bills and die. I decided that I would agree with God concerning His will for my life and do my best to partner with His plans and bring glory to His name.
If I am to partner with His plans, then I cannot partner with those who don’t partner with His plans- even if it means walking alone at times. If God’s plan looks like “this”, then I can’t marry someone whose life plan and pursuit looks like “that”.
We don’t choose one time to live for God, we choose to live for God CONTINUOUSLY, one opportunity at a time, overcoming by His strength, one temptation at a time, siding with Him, once choice at a time. Victory doesn’t mean there are no injuries, but it does mean you are at least TRYING to aim right and that there are more hits than misses. There should ALWAYS be measurable growth.
So tonight, I am saluting those who make the inconvenient, unpopular and often misunderstood decisions, in an effort to remain in the will of God. I salute you because it is a lonely place. There are those who have walked with you that will fall asleep on you (won’t you pray with me for one hour?). There are those who will tell you that it doesn’t take all of that. There are those who will tell you that since you only live once, you might as well do all that makes you feel good, DESPITE biblical principles such as those shared in Romans 8:1-5.
So to those who could have continued to stay on a job that allowed them to be rich, but chose to start all over, even if it meant less pay, to do things God’s way, and WAIT for the fruit of that decision, I salute you and can relate. Napolean Kaufman still had good playing years left in him in the NFL when he left to pastor (just in case you needed an example).
To those who desire to be married, but have had to forego opportunities to do so, because they haven’t YET met one that God said He endorses and fits well into His plan for their lives… I salute you and can relate.
For those who have had to endure public scrutiny whether at a dinner table or a board meeting, because they have defended the truth while everyone else was in agreement and slapping fives over a lie, gossip or demonic agenda… I salute you and can relate.
For those courageous enough to walk away from their desires, to pursue God’s desires for them…. I salute you and can relate.
Jesus set the example of sacrificial love and commitment for the sake of doing the will of the Father and THE WAY hasn’t changed. Nobody said it would be easy, but in the END, it will be worth it.
There are so many decades we’ll spend here. And there is an ETERNITY we will spend… somewhere else. Are you willing to sacrifice here to reign with Him there? You aren’t alone.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY…..where is your heart…..really?

Keep P.U.S.H.ing!!!

     There are SO many benefits to obedience. The benefits are LOADED & LAYERED. When we have been taken advantage of, used and misused, we are OBLIGATED to PRAY for the “offenders”. The energy it takes to be offended, rehearse and talk about the incident(s) is energy misdirected towards being distracted! Our energy must be directed at our pursuit of God!!! 

     Who is worth ANOTHER hold up in your life?

     We have to pray for the offenders DESPITE their efforts to hold us DOWN while God is pushing us UP, leave us out while God is ushering us in, smother us while God is exposing us, discredit us while God is rolling back the reproach. People are being REQUIRED to choose sides and “it ain’t personal”. This is about the Lord’s side (doing what is loving, just, righteous, encouraging, admirable and virtuous) vs. the enemy’s side (operating in darkness, envy, jealousy, defeat, betrayal, comparison and deceit). And while people are “choosing”, they are forfeiting and excusing themselves from associations and opportunities. They are excusing themselves from deliverance and breakthrough (which are bi-products of being ON THE LORD’S SIDE).

     As He’s pulling you closer to Him, “friends” and family will let you down. You will be lied on, cursed at, and spoken about cruelly. You will be “thrown under the bus” and forsaken. People who have called you to minister to them privately will ignore you publicly. People who have known and trusted the God in you enough to call you to preach, will dismiss you because your latest assignment is tearing up their flesh! They walked with you until it got uncomfortable and required their accountability and loyalty. The best you can say to them and about them is, “AMEN, God BLESS you and be thankful, you JUST got uncomfortable. This message, mandate and assignment has BEEN killing ME!!!!” ….. 

     The “I” must DIE, so keep doing what the LORD has commissioned you to do no matter WHO falls off!!! 
He’s minimizing the “thank you’s” you’ll be giving in the end. At the END of THIS thing, He ALONE will get the GLORY. Even those you thank, who stuck with you, will readily re-direct the credit to Him, because they’re ON HIS SIDE. He’s ELIMINATING from the picture, those who would be too prideful to do so!!! 

     I’m not the only one who is running for their very LIFE!!! 

     I’m not the only one who’s nails are bending at the quick from the force of holding on!!!

     I’m not the only one being wheeled to LABOR & DELIVERY!!!

     I’m not the only one at a threshold of pain & stretching that is unprecedented!!! Everyone isn’t allowed into the Delivery Room! Some that you are yearning for, would contaminate the sterile environment. He isn’t ALLOWING them to stay close for that reason!!! Keep your eyes LOCKED on the GREAT PHYSICIAN. Only hear the voices of His assigned mid-wives. 

     Every external threat is on the OUTSIDE- ALL you have to do is KEEP PUSHING!!!

     Just think, if you weren’t resolved to be obedient and KEEP PRAYING, the BENEFITS could be delayed another season. I thank God for CLARITY. His promises are locked and loaded. We just have to be READY!!! Psalm 68:19

 

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